After nearly 42 years of service, a long-time police officer is calling it a career. Deputy Chief John P. Ercul will retire from the Pueblo Police Department at the end of the month.
Deputy Chief Ercul has had a very distinguished career with the Pueblo Police Department. He joined the department in 1970 as a patrol officer. In his first year there, he was drafted into the Army. He was eventually assigned to Fort Carson with the Military Police. After serving in the Army for 18 months, he rejoined the police department in 1972.
Ercul has served in many capacities, working in almost all areas of the department; from Patrol, Traffic, P.I.O., Internal Affairs, the Support Services Captain in the Chief’s Office, to his current position as Deputy Chief.
In 1974 Ercul was promoted to corporal, then sergeant. In 1981 he was promoted to captain and in 1992 became deputy chief. He is in charge of the Investigations Bureau.
Ercul is a graduate of the FBI Law Specialist School in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI National Academy, the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy and numerous specialized schools focusing on law enforcement tactics.
The Deputy Chief also has a degree in English and Mass Communications from then Southern Colorado State College. He also has skills as an artist, designing the badges and shoulder patches now worn by Pueblo Police Officers and the design of the current marked police vehicles.
The police department says Ercul is committed to the community of Pueblo. He serves on numerous boards and community organizations.
Ercul plans on being more involved in the community during his retirement as well as doing a lot of traveling and relaxing.
A reception to honor Deputy Chief Ercul will be held Monday, June 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Police Department’s Community Room.